Life Day 25,000: How the Heck Did This Happen?

December 23, 2015 at 12:53 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today, December 23, 2015, marks a significant milestone in my life… my 25,000th day of existence. If you are older than I am…sorry you missed yours. If you are younger…you have something to look forward to. To calculate your age (in days), you can use this website,  this website, or this website.

Much has happened in my 25,000 days of life:

  • There have been 11 different Presidents.(to date)
  • There have been 4 major wars (“police actions”)…Korea, Viet Nam, and two wars in the Middle East.
  • There was the racial turmoil of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s; and the civil unrest of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s protesting the war in Viet Nam.
  • There have been unprecedented advances in technology, engineering, and medicine.
  • When I was born, commercial passenger jet travel was in its infancy. Today, we routinely put people into outer-space.
  • The automobile industry has made great strides in fuel efficiency from the gas-guzzling behemoths of my youth.

Much has happened in my personal life as well. I grew up on 2.5 acres at the dead-end of Fairhaven Drive in Bakersfield,  CA. My “backyard” was a few hundred acres of oil fields with a canal running through it. I had a normal childhood with strict, but loving parents. I attended Fruitvale Elementary School where I graduated in 1961. I then attended Bakersfield High School where I graduated in 1965. I attended Bakersfield College for 2 years but did not graduate because I had, by that time, decided to join the Air Force. I made a career out of the military and retired from the USAF in 1967. I then became an over-the-road truck driver, settling in with Swift Transportation where I worked until I retired again in 2009. My Air Force career enabled me to live in 3 different continents and travel to 3 more (plus Alaska and Hawaii). My driving career enabled me to travel to all 48 of the continental United States plus 3 provinces in Canada.
I was married in 1984 and divorced in 1993…no children.

I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed most of my 25,000 days on this planet, and am looking forward to my next 25,000…or however many I have left.

 


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